When I began a Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
My husband and I decided that we would try homeschooling but when the time came I was actually really nervous. What should I teach? We went to a homeschool supplier and they set me up with an intensive phonics program and a math textbook and huge teacher’s manual. I bought a special desk and chairs and I began running my little school at home.
The problem was even though I was only teaching two subjects, we were all miserable. I was always shushing and pushing away my younger children so I could ‘do’ lessons with my sweet, intelligent and bored child. I was a churned up bundle of emotions and worried that I would fail.
By the time I homeschooled my fourth child through kindergarten, I had been using the Charlotte Mason method for a while. We had switched the intensive phonics, for a much easier and doable program and we now used good books instead of boring textbooks.
I actually taught more than two subjects now but it seemed easier and the children were more engaged and interested in learning. Although I had found a meaningful and enjoyable way to educate, I still had to show how my education method was tying in registration requirements. That was a little trickier.
Unfortunately, following the registration curriculum requirements is a problem for most Australian homeschoolers.
As registration criteria begins to tighten in each state, many people give up their educational philosophy and go back to worksheets, textbooks and online tick the box products, some go unregistered and hope they won’t get caught, some send their kids back to school and some just lie about what they teach in order to pass registration.
None of these are good options!
But I've found a solution. In 2007, I started publishing resources for Australian home educators and showing them how to use the Charlotte Mason method for registration. And people kindly thanked me and told me our resources and guides were ‘pots of gold’ and it had made their homeschool journey ‘so much easier’. They kept asking for more help.
And when my children had graduated from my homeschool and gone to university, I launched My Homeschool so I could continue serving the Australian homeschooling community and help others successfully home educate their children!
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
Many of our families comment on how the My Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum allows them to enjoy the lifestyle of homeschooling that they’d always dreamed of: full of good books and robust education, but suitable for little learners and designed in a way that encourages their curiosity and learning. With afternoons free for your own activities and interests, this is a wonderful way to start your child’s homeschool journey that encourages their learning in a natural home setting.
Join Our Community
When you buy a course through My Homeschool you are joining a community that supports and mentors parents interested in educating their children academically and spiritually.
We give you a shortcut to help you get straight into giving your child a delightful and robust education without spending days and days researching and tweaking unsuitable content.
Our homeschool curriculum is written to comply with all Australian states and territories. And we make registration easy because we’ve already done 75% of the documentation you need for your application.
We Care About What Your Children Are Taught
We aim to give you confidence that you can educate your children with a worldview that honours Judeo-Christian principles and has strong academic outcomes. However, our resources are not predominantly Christian. We look for outstanding resources and often a secular resource is the best option.
We have a number of families who use our curriculum who are secular or from other faiths.
We do not include devotional material or specific religious instruction in our curriculum. We leave that up to parents.
We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators
Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.
- We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
- We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
- We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
- We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
- We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
- We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
- We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.
We Use A Blended Learning Approach
My Homeschool lessons are provided in a blended learning format.
All our resources are digital and are located on Moodle, a renowned online learning platform used by many schools and universities. Using this format means we give you exceptional functionality which enables you to record your progress, and access your lessons from various digital devices and locations. This format also enables us to keep our resources fresh and dynamic.
A laptop, tablet, or desktop computer is needed to use our courses. Access to a printer is also necessary.
PDFs can be downloaded and printed for offline reading but other resources can only be viewed from our learning platform.
The majority of our classes require reading from a real book or paper-based resource.
Writing exercises involve pencils and paper and many lessons are oral or conversation based.
Video lessons require access to the My Homeschool learning portal.
The Moodle App can be downloaded onto your smartphone for on the go lessons and checking progress but is not recommended as the main digital device for reading and viewing lessons.
Our Course Explained
Primary Lite Edition | Price $330 Australian Dollars| is a condensed 18 week schedule which has been split into 2 terms. It covers approximately 50% of the Australian Curriculum requirements of the corresponding grade. It includes documentation and plans to use for registration for 6 months.
It is a great entry point to our Charlotte Mason Inspired curriculum for families who are not starting at the beginning of the year or for students who are not ready to progress to a higher grade and are just starting our program but do not need to do a full year.
Upgrades to our Full Primary Program can be purchased for an additional $330 AUD. Just contact us and we'll fix it up.
Primary Full Curriculum | Price $550 Australian Dollars| This is a one-year full curriculum of 36 weeks which has been split into 4 terms. It includes documentation and plans to use for registration for 12 months.
There is no time limit on completion of a grade. You can begin our courses at any time in the year.
Continued Membership Rewards
You will continue to have access to your purchased courses, and all the benefits of being a My Homeschool member, as long as you keep your membership current. This means you can use the same graded course again for subsequent children. Inactive members are deleted after 12 months.
- Course Details & Subject Guide
- Science & Nature Study
- Foreign Language
- Health & PE
- Teaching Support
- Kindy Readiness and Assessment
Our literature based approach includes many living books, a key concept of the Charlotte Mason method. Living books have something special about them: they flow, they capture the imagination, and they tell us the facts while they give us the story. A living book is written by a passionate author who communicates this passion to the reader in a literary language.
As Charlotte Mason penned:
“A book may be long or short, old or new, easy or hard, written by a great man or a lesser man, and yet be the living book which finds its way to the mind of a young reader.”
Different Names For First Year of School.
Our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum is the foundation year or first year of full-time school in the Australian education system.
Grade Equivalent Names Used Around Australia
- NSW and ACT: Kindergarten
- Western Australia: Pre-Primary
- South Australia: Reception
- Northern Territory: Transition
- Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria: Prep (Note: in QLD children can start their first year of school a year earlier than all other states).
Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum: English
Learning to read is a key focus for Kindergarteners. While some may know some basic sounds of the alphabet others can already read words, but all require practice and guidance. Reading is something that requires consistency and learning to read is a development milestone for children of this age. There are some great resources to help teach your child to read in our Kindergarten course, including our Teaching Reading the Charlotte Mason Way so you too can use Charlotte’s methods to teach your child using principles of phonics and whole word recognition. For those interested in other methods resources and suggestions are provided, along with help to teach your child the Dolch and common words by sight.
Learning to Write: Copywork is a key element of the English program in My Homeschool courses and in Kindergarten students begin this journey by learning how to form their letters correctly through our Blinky Bill Alphabet and Numbers Copywork. This prepares and equips your child to be able to develop this important life skill. The full Copywork program is provided in both the Full Version and the Lite Edition, allowing your child to learn and practice all their letters and numbers.
Learning to spell simple words is something your child will learn in Kindergarten, so supporting them with a strong phonics base is key at this age. Our Dolch and Core Word Lists will furnish your child with a range of frequently used words they can begin to learn to read and spell. We also provide support to teach you how to teach your child how to spell words correctly using the Charlotte Mason method, a teaching technique you will continue to use throughout our graded courses.
Primary Language Lessons is a key resource used within our My Homeschool graded courses from Kindergarten to Year 6. This resource is used three times per week throughout the year. It includes a variety of lessons that follow a Charlotte Mason approach to learning English. Comprehension lessons are done using narration and conversation. Children are encouraged to explain what they are seeing as a pre-writing skill. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught by using sentences and Dolch word lists. In our Primary Language Lessons – Foundation Year reading begins with phonics principles and simple consonant-vowel-consonant words and your Kindergartener enjoys the delights of picture study, poetry appreciation, dialogue and conversation and so much more to give the foundation they require in language arts.
This resource has been written so you can pick up and start the lesson without preparation. Lessons are short, taking a maximum of 15 minutes. Many lessons can be done orally so your child will not get bogged down in worksheets. You don’t need to buy any other books to complete this resource as all of the relevant passages are all provided. Written lessons are completed in a notebook (or exercise book) so there is no extra printing of worksheets. An answer guide is provided to help parents with quick checking.
Please Note: Our Kindy Lite offers a condensed 2 term version (18 weeks) of this resource.
Picture Book Links: With living books forming the cornerstone of our approach to learning, we use a selection of picture books in our curriculum that tie in with the themes we are teaching in science, history, geography and English. Some of these are recommended purchases and essential to complete the course, while others are complementary titles to search for at your local library. Where possible, we link to our selected titles in a video format, so you can watch them being read online. This can be helpful if you can’t find a book, are homeschooling on the road, or if you are watching your budget.
First Maths Lessons – Foundation Year is included in our homeschool kindergarten curriculum maths program for your child. Offering 3 lessons per week, this is a full year maths course aligned to the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus, inspired by the Charlotte Mason method and current good practice, it provides a range of hands-on activities so your child can practice and enjoy maths. This maths program is exclusive to My Homeschool and has been developed specifically for the homeschool setting. It will give you the confidence to teach the foundation of maths well.
In addition to this full maths program, our Kindergarten course also includes Foundation Maths, a very practical, hands-on resource that shows you how to incorporate math-based activities in your homeschool. It is perfect for Morning Time and starts kids loving maths from the beginning.
Please Note: If you purchase the Lite Edition, you will receive the first two terms (18 weeks) of First Maths Lessons – Foundation Year.
Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum: History
We have used a living book approach for our history and geography studies using a selection of wonderful books to inspire and educate young children. Our Kindergarten and Year 1 courses are designed to lay a foundation for your child’s historical understanding to prepare them for the chronological approach to history that is taught from Year 2 and continues through to our high school graded courses. Portions of Australian history are taught in all years through literature and poetry, offering a uniquely Australian approach to homeschooling.
Reflecting the approach to history in the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus for children of this age, within our Kindergarten course, your child will examine their own personal history in our unit All About Me. This encourages them to learn about the history of their own family and consider how that fits into broader historical periods.
Following on from this, Kindergarteners learn about the importance of objects when learning about history through our Travels and Treasured Objects and Museum Visits resources. In Museum Visits your child will enjoy a range of virtual fieldtrips, all inspired by the many encouragements Charlotte gave to students to enjoy the British Museum, while Travels and Treasured Objects examines the stories objects tell through a range of carefully selected living books.
There are four term-based history resources for you to enjoy with your child in our full Kindergarten course, with History with Marguerite another opportunity to embrace beautiful living history books to make the past come alive for your Kindergartener.
Please Note: All About Me and Travels and Treasured Objects are only available with the purchase of the Full Version of the Kindergarten graded course.
Nature study is a practice and pursuit that you may associate with the Charlotte Mason method. It is something that is encouraged throughout your child’s education, and continues through to our high school graded courses. We offer you the beginnings of this wonderful journey in natural science in Kindergarten, focusing on insects, our skies, the Australian bush and rivers. There is plenty of support and tips and tricks to help get you and your child started, even if you don’t know anything about nature yet.
Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum Resources
Our science program focuses on Australian animals, plants and gardens, the lives of great scientists, and how your Kindergartener can start to think like a scientist through our literature feasts. Plants and Gardens offers your child a delightful introduction to gardens and concepts of habitat through a literature-rich approach, including the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney, a popular title with Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. Your child will explore the basic needs of plants, soil, the need for water and nutrients, the role of seeds and pollination and much more.
Extending this focus on biology from plants to animals, our Animal Tales highlights some well-known and less familiar animals for your child and gently lays a foundation of zoology for your little scholar.
While we know that many homeschooling programs provide you with a huge long list of ingredients and various supplies to purchase and have on hand to do complicated (and messy!) science experiments at home, we are happy to offer Hands On Science. Guaranteed to inspire, not exhaust, Hands On Science teaches your child simple ways to think and work like a scientist, with an emphasis on biology and the natural world. Swap expensive shopping trips for the simple delights of thinking and approaching the world around you with a thoughtful, intentional and considered approach.
Please Note: Plants and Gardens and Hands On Science are only available when you purchase the Full Version of our Kindergarten course.
Whether you choose to use the Full Version or Lite Edition, the literature feast, Scientists and the Australian Animals Minibooks will be included for your use. The Australian Animals Minibooks introduces your child to a range of Australian animals in a format that also supports the development of their fine motorskills, and Scientists uses a suite of beautifully written and illustrated living books that focus on the lives and contributions of great scientists and the role of thinking scientifically. This is an excellent beginning for your Kindergartener to help them grasp some important ideas in a way that they can understand.
Before she wrote her volumes on education, Charlotte Mason was first and foremost a writer of Geography books, sharing her love of new places with her students. This love for adventure and understanding the world around us is a constant theme across all My Homeschool courses and in our Kindergarten course your student is introduced to the foundational principles of studying geography.
Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum: Geography
Out-of-doors Geography, such a key aspect of Charlotte’s teaching of Geography, is commenced in Kindergarten through our Geography Rambles as is the basics of map reading, an essential Geography skill, through A Little Look at Maps.
Students also get to learn about places well beyond their local area through Places of Wonder, a literature feast designed to introduce your child to geographical concepts in way that they can relate to. This includes beginning with mapping, considering distance and location and identifying the similarities and differences in places across the world. The books in this unit are sure to delight your child! Also, a blank world map with map markers is included for your use, so no searching the Internet for appropriate maps to use.
They can also travel to our southernmost continent too through Antarctic Adventures as we encourage our Global Citizens to learn more about the world around them.
Given your child will continue to study geography and history up to Year 10, their Kindergarten year focuses on beginning that journey and grounding your children in concepts and ideas that they will develop and enjoy in the years to come.
Please Note: Antarctic Adventures and A Little Look at Maps are only available with the purchase of the Full Version of the Kindergarten graded course.
Your child can begin their foreign language studies in Kindergarten through our Living Books in Foreign Languages online resource. Featuring well-known and well-loved picture books being read in French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin, as well as English, this shows your child a range of different languages to help them appreciate their differences.
We also provide information, tips and recommended resources for those families looking to pursue instruction in a foreign language. We are happy to include this resource in both our Full Version and Lite Edition so your child has a great start in learning languages.
Creative and Practical Arts are taught with other subjects including: nature journaling, literature based unit studies, picture study and music appreciation.
Art and Music Appreciation courses are provided with My Homeschool membership, so you have a choice of rotations, including some specifically developed for young learners. You can simply choose one rotation for your family to use.
Some rotations have additional books to purchase while others have everything you need provided online. Your My Homeschool membership also gives you access to our Handicrafts resource which includes a range of practical art and craft ideas with instructional videos.
We have included a series of fun kids exercises in our online WOW – workout world classes.
Personal Health & Development
This commonsense subject is taught through the activities of daily living and participation in local sports and community events. Healthy Conversations checklists are provided for each stage of the syllabus so you can teach respectful relationships and personal growth as you deem appropriate.
We do not do your registration plans for you. Registration applications are meant to be specific for each individual child and so you, as the parent, are the best person to do this. Registration remains your responsibility.
My Homeschool provides you with plenty of support for preparing your registration documentation, including:
- An Education Plan outlining our curriculum for 12 months in the Primary Full Version and 6 months in the Lite version. This is a Microsoft Word document that you can adjust to suit your own needs.
- A comprehensive Scope and Sequence document using Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus codes and outcomes.
- End of Term report templates that are mostly done; you just need to add a few details specific to your child and their progress.
- A week by week planner that you can print off, with plenty of space to make notes specific to your child. This means no need to keep a daily diary!
- An end of year Certificate of Completion (Full Program).
- Our Community Forum where you can have your questions about registration answered by experienced homeschoolers.
- Prompts and reminders to collect work as part of your child’s portfolio to show progress and development.
- Tips on a smooth re-registration process.
The My Homeschool State Rego and Planning course guides you through your state or territory’s application process for homeschool registration when using our courses.
The My Homeschool team includes experienced home educators who provide mentor support and help you deal with issues as they arise. We don’t provide tutoring or specific lesson support on an individual, one-on-one basis.
We are always happy to answer questions about our curriculum and how to implement it and we encourage our members to get involved in the Community Forum.
We have a vibrant online community where you can share stories and help others, purchase books you might need and connect with other My Homeschool families in your area.
You are the teacher and you oversee lessons. We provide homeschool teacher training as well through our self-paced courses How To Homeschool 101 and for our more experienced members the Boost Your Homeschool.
We are continually adding to our collection of resources to help support you in your role as teacher to your children.
Should I skip kindergarten?
Unfortunately, kindergarten is sometimes dismissed as unnecessary, confused with preschool, melded into Year 1, or simply viewed through different education philosophies, such that the real wonder, meaning and purpose for kindergarten has been forgotten or cast aside.
Some home educators misunderstand kindergarten to only be a formal school construct and miss the opportunities that come from enjoying and exploring learning at this age.
Kindergarten is not only an important step in the life long journey of education, but a wonderful way to gently step into home education. It is not to be missed!
While learning to read and setting a good foundation in maths is important for a child of this age, there are many other aspects of a child’s development that are key and you don’t want to skip them.
For example, the inclusion of our Nature Study program will support your child’s learning in a number of subject areas. One comment we get from mums who have been doing our kindergarten curriculum for a while is that their children, in learning to observe plants and insects and birds in nature, quickly became far more observant when reading and doing maths and other subjects. All aspects of our course have been carefully designed to help your child thrive and give them a strong start in their education.
Children using the My Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum are usually around 5 or 6 years old. It is not generally recommended for 4 year olds or as a pre-school alternative.
Here are two tools to see if your child is ready.
Documentation and ongoing assessment
Our Primary Full Version course is 36 weeks of study, organised over 4 terms. 8 weeks are set topics and the 9th week is an assessment and review week that often includes a project. Our Lite Edition gives you 18 weeks of study, enough for 2 terms.
Each week has its own Weekly Planner checklist which is available in an online format or as a downloadable PDF to print and store in a folder, making record keeping easy.
At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.
We know that parents want their children to thrive and that testing is popular in many school environments as a measure of progress. When you homeschool you do not need to test your children as much as they do at school, as you are assessing as you go.
We give you tips and support on how to assess your child in a way that suits homeschooling, so you can be confident that your child is progressing well in your homeschool.
There are no formal tests until Year 5.
We love your whole programme. Everything is awesome! Having all the ideas and links at our fingertips has made lesson planning a dream! Also knowing you yourself Michelle and Jo are just an email away for immediate support is so reassuring!
Will I be able to teach this program? It sounds quite academic.
It’s natural to feel a little daunted when we think about teaching our children. We don’t want to intimidate you, we are here to support you. We won’t send you a bunch of downloads and send you on your way. We also teach you how to teach. Our guides and homeschool expertise will help you instruct your children. You can also post questions on our forum when you hit a snag. You’ll learn some new things and brush up on old things as you teach your children. It’s a very satisfying experience and many veteran homeschoolers report co-learning as one of the unexpected benefits of homeschooling.
I'd like to know what books you use. Can I see the booklists?
Our booklist are carefully curated and are only available as a part of our program.
My Homeschool uses living books in many subjects. Some are for your child to read alone, and some are to be read aloud by the parent. We also include some online and audio book options. Books allocated for reading aloud provide an opportunity for families to discuss them broadly. Parents are able to offer the scaffolding and support which will help their child navigate the literature which may be challenging for a variety of reasons.
We do use secular books and these do not always line up perfectly with a Christian world view. This also reflects Charlotte Mason’s approach. We have tried our best to make good choices in our literature and we have read what we recommend. We have rejected many books in the process of writing this curriculum. Finding a perfect book is almost impossible but our book selection is thought out and many of our books are recommended by others who follow a Charlotte Mason education.
We’ve also included culturally significant Australian literature which often highlights what was happening in the era it was written. For this reason, some of the literature may well be ‘politically incorrect’ or old fashioned by today’s standards, but at the time of writing it was not. These books offer an opportunity to teach your child about the culture of the times.
Our books were chosen with the Australian Curriculum in mind, however we understand that you may not want to read all the books we have chosen. Feel free to replace them with a title that suits your family’s needs.
We offer alternatives and extension suggestions in our My Homeschool Reading Lounge. This is our exclusive online library catalogue of book list suggestions and alternatives.
Can I just buy individual subjects and resources?
My Homeschool does provide many free homeschool resources.
Our curriculum is a structured program so we do not sell our curriculum separately.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the My Homeschool graded courses meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum, the Western Australian Curriculum and the New South Wales Education Standards Authority Syllabuses.
If you are planning on using My Homeschool as your main curriculum, we suggest you consider your approach to mix and matching resources as you may experience overlap or gaps in subsequent years. For this reason, we recommend buying appropriate grades for each child so that you will have a sequential well curated curriculum.
Will this work for teaching multiple children?
Choice has been built into this curriculum to give you the flexibility you need for teaching multiple ages and adapting to the special needs and interests of your child/children. We encourage families to do read-alouds, nature study, handicrafts, art and music appreciation as a group.
Our World History subject from Year 2 to Year 6 encourages parents to read aloud the history content. When teaching a few children in this age group at once we recommend you only teach one history cycle at a time. Since World History is not part of the Australian Curriculum this will not impact your curriculum compliance.
More details on working with multiple children can be found here.
I already have a very busy life? How much time will this involve?
My Homeschool follows the Charlotte Mason practice of shorter lessons so there is time for the student to follow other interests. Approximately three to four days per week is allocated to group study and parent reading aloud in the primary years. In high school we have written a four day schedule with Day 5 free for other planned educational activities.
Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done and pursue other interests.
I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that’s been put into My Homeschool! I had my AP visit yesterday and it went great! He’s giving me 12 months registration and said if he comes next year and I’m still using the My Homeschool curriculum then he’ll give two years, even for my kindy child who’ll be a new registration. Thank you so much for helping make this transition to homeschooling so much easier and providing such detailed documents. I’m truly grateful!
I like the online links and the weekly plans spelling out exactly what to do. I also like the optional extra reading so I don't feel rushed or pressured to complete more if we are having a busy week, but I'm still able to mix and match it to another quieter week.